Rising US coal exports fail to stem domestic decline

Despite promises to revive the US coal mining industry, analysts are saying that the country’s policy actions are not enough to reverse the trend of declining coal demand from the power generation industry.

In 2018, US coal production fell to 755-million short tons – a 20-million short ton decline on the previous year and 36% less than in the previous decade. The Energy Information Administration states that only two of the five major coal-producing regions reported higher output last year.